Valdez Is Coming (1971)





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Adapted from an Elmore Leonard novel, Valdez is Coming stars Burt Lancaster in the title role. A scrupulously honest Mexican-American marshal, Bob Valdez is double-crossed and humiliated by wealthy, unscrupulous rancher Jon Cypher. Since Cypher has the law on his side, Valdez is obliged to mete out his own justice. He kidnaps Cypher's mistress Susan Clark to force the rancher's hand. At first, Cypher is able to rally a group of tough hombres against Valdez, but one by one they side with the marshal. Director Edwin Sherin, who'd helmed the Broadway production of The Great White Hope, makes several rather anachronistic points regarding the film's racial issues; on the other hand, Valdez is Coming is one of the most-authentic looking westerns ever made-right down to the deglamorization of Susan Clark, who in a 1950s film might have looked as though she'd just visited a frontier branch of Max Factor.
PG-13 (for violence, brief nudity and some language.)
Action & Adventure , Western
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Susan Clark
as Gay Erin
Burt Lancaster
as Bob Valdez
Hector Elizondo
as Mexican Rider
Richard Jordan
as R.L. Davis
José Garcia
as Carlos
Juan Fernández
as Mexican Buyer
Ralph Brown
as Beaudry
Barton Heyman
as El Segundo
Phil Brown
as Malson
Jon Cypher
as Frank Tanner
Nick Cravat
as Gang Member
Michael Hinn
as Merchant
Tom McFadden
as Gang Member
Joaquin Parra
as Tracker
Lex Monson
as Rincon
Santiago García
as Gang Member
Tony Epper
as Bodyguard
Mario Barros
as Gang Member
Raúl Castro
as Gang Member
Ian MacLean
as Gang Member
Allen Russell
as Rancher
Per Barclay
as Bartender
Rudy Ugland
as Tracker
Jose Morales
as Gang Member
Juanita Penaloza
as Apache Woman
Marta Tuck
as Rosa
James Lemp
as Bony Man
Sylvia Poggioli
as Segundo's Girl
Vic Albert
as Rancher
Jeff Kibbee
as Gang Member
Linc Kibbee
as Gang Member
Mario Sanz
as Gang Member
Lee Thaxton
as Gang Member
Robin Thaxton
as Gang Member
Julian Vidrie
as Gang Member
Manolin Vidrie
as Gang Member
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Critic Reviews for Valdez Is Coming

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Exciting formulaic revenge Western.

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Audience Reviews for Valdez Is Coming

He's only trying to help a poor widow that lost her husband Bob Valdez is a town sheriff that has been sent to the house of a man accused of murder. Shortly after arriving with a group of men to help him in his effort, the man is shot dead. Valdez quickly identifies the man as innocent and returns to the accuser's house to obtain money to help the widow of the wrongfully killed. The man refuses to help the widow. Valdez will stop at nothing to obtain the money the widow is rightfully owed. "I hope he puts a round in you, you rotten son of a pig." Edwin Sherin, director of My Old Man's Place, delivers Valdez is coming in his directorial debut. The storyline for this picture is fascinating and unique to the genre. The script is marvelous and the subplots are well delivered. The action scenes are just okay and the cinematography is mediocre. The cast delivers solid performances and includes Burt Lancaster, Susan Clark, Frank Silvera, and Jon Cypher. "I didn't like you trying to hit me with that scatter gun." Valdez is Coming is a movie I came across while flicking through the channels on Encore Western. The premise for this movie was very interesting. I loved the main character and his commitment to his mission. I wish the movie was delivered in a more consistent manner. Overall, this movie is definitely worth your time if you're a fan of westerns. "You are a bitch." Grade: C+

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

It's an average western in almost everyway. Yet this film can be very powerful. Great scenes of Lancaster walking with the cross on his back and gunning down his chasers. Good revenge western that correctly deals with respect and doing what's right.

Zack Butson
Zack Butson

I know. I know. But I love it. Revenge. Elmore Leonard story. Burt Lancaster shooting the hell out of things. What more can one ask for?

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